A pantomime with a cast of 800

When David Cameron became Prime Minister six years ago, when the House of Lords had approaching 700 members, he said would reform the House of Lords — something people have been crying out for years — and, in particular, reduce the numbers substantially. Some suggested 250, nobody thought there should be more than 500.

Today there are 798 Lords of the Realm. In his retirement list of nominations Cameron is proposing another 40! Will this pantomime never end? This country is becoming more ceremonial and more ridiculous with every passing year.

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